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    [ Infographic ] How To Change Your Name

    Everyone knows that marriage can be hard work. But before you start out on your quest for eternal happiness, there is the task of officially changing your surname – should you wish to do so of course! We know it isn’t easy and there can be a couple of pitfalls along the way, so we’ve traced the journey from Miss to Mrs and come up with a few handy hints to help. In many cultures taking your husband’s name is not considered necessary or even normal; some newlyweds carry on as before with their own surnames, while others assume the wife’s name for their new family. In some cases, no…

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    Can Exercise Benefit Your Marriage?

    Research from professors studying at institutions like Harvard and the University of Arkansas confirm what many marriage counselors and personal therapists have been saying for years: exercising together can improve the quality of a romantic relationship. Assuming that you plan to commit for the long haul, that means you should consider making some type of workout an essential part of your marriage. Why does exercise improve relationships? There are plenty of theories. Chances are several have some truth in them. Some researchers believe that exercising together helps couples focus on common goals. In today’s society, we all lead independent lives that can separate us from our loved ones. Your spouse…

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    Planning Your First Anniversary

    Traditionally, couples are supposed to exchange paper on their first wedding anniversaries. Modern mores say that they should give each other clocks. The clocks thing just seems weird. Is it intended to make the couple reflect on the past year, or is it there to remind them that they have years and years of marriage left. Paper, however, gives couples plenty of room to work. I can’t imagine slipping my wife a sheet of paper for a present. I don’t think that would even get a laugh. But you can use the traditional paper gift to plan an extraordinary first anniversary. Three Words: Origami Love Letter A love letter folded…

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    Celebrity Honeymoon Destinations

    When you’re a Hollywood A-lister or a chart-topping artist and you’re making millions by the year, scooting off to, say, the Gold Coast is probably not going to cut it as a “proper” honeymoon destination. So where exactly do celebrities head to for a little R&R after saying “I do”? Turks and Caicos Islands Stunning but secluded islands are a favorite amongst A-list celebs and artists alike; some of which are found in the Carribean Sea like the Turks and Caicos. While they may not be visible on the world map, these islands play host to some of the most beautiful beach resorts and one of them is the Parrot…

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    Good Vacation Spots for Couples That Want to Get Really Far Away

    Whether it’s your honeymoon or you just need a vacation, it can help to get really, really far away from normal life. Some of these vacation destinations might push your physical boundaries a bit. But they’re all fun in their own ways. Even if you don’t think any of these spots are right for you as a couple, you can use the list to jumpstart your own thinking. Antarctica Yes, Antarctica is crazy cold. The interior areas can reach -130 degrees F (-90 C) during the winter. If you stick to the coast during summer months, though, you can expect 59 F (15 C) on really warm days. Despite the…

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    How Do Couples Divide Chores?

    Unless you have a house staff that includes at least one chef, two maids, a driver, a dog walker, and a full-time nanny, you and your spouse will have to find a way to divide the chores. That in itself is often a difficult task. Splitting up the chores in a way that doesn’t put too much stress on one person will take some time, but you can reach a state of harmony with honest discussions, trials, and plenty of errors. Know Your Talents as Individuals A small number of household chores are pretty easy to assign as long as you know your talents as individuals and a couple. If…

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    Marrying With a Toaster

    People who get married young often find that they don’t have enough things for their new home together. Adults who have already graduated from college and started independent lives, however, often find that they have two or everything when they move in together. What are newlyweds supposed to do with all that stuff? Start Getting Rid of Things Before You Move Each of your should spend some time getting rid of things that you do not want anymore. If you set aside unwanted books, cookware, and other items before you pack, you won’t need to worry about it all when you unpack. Don’t Unpack the Day You Move You don’t…

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    Should You Schedule Your Honeymoon for the Day After Your Wedding?

    After a whirlwind day of greeting guests, dancing, and making the biggest commitment of your life, newlyweds often can’t wait to take their first vacations as married couples. Leaving for your honeymoon on the day after your wedding, however, can is often another difficult, stress-filled event that doesn’t let you truly unwind until you reach your destination and crash for the night. When deciding whether you should leave for your honeymoon immediately or give yourself a couple days, there are several factors to consider. How Late Will Your Reception Last? If your group of family and friends loves to party late into the night, then you might want to think…

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    Love Actually

    If you’re like me, you’ve jumped a few steps beyond the traditional rules of waiting till marriage to move in together. In fact, you’ve probably been living together for awhile, you may even be past the quick run to the bathroom in the morning hours to put just a wee bit of make-up on before your beau wakes up. So what’s so different from life as a bride-to-be to life as a newlywed? Romance When my husband and I were in our pre-newlywed stage I came home nearly every night to a little gift. Some days it was my favorite Ben & Jerry’s Chunky Monkey ice cream, other days were…

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    All I Want Is…

    “A wise lover values not so much the gift of the lover as the love of the giver.” ~Thomas á Kempis It was time. The bridal registry. It’s not as easy as it was when I was a kid and made actual wish lists of what I wanted for Christmas so that Santa wouldn’t mistakenly buy me a Malibu Barbie instead of the desired Ballerina Barbie. In my teenage/early adulthood, it was more the subtle hints: ‘Boy mom, I sure would love those new earrings for Christmas…what a coincidence, they’re on sale right now!’. Subtle as a sledgehammer. But now…now I was going to actually list what I wanted and…